Operation Hat Trick: Proceeds help Miami students and military veterans

Operation Hat TrickMiami University is teaming up with the national organization Operation Hat Trick (OHT) to sell co-branded sports caps with the proceeds supporting Miami scholarships and soldiers. OHT works with U.S. military veterans in their recovery, training and education.

The hats are available at Goggin Pro Shop, Miami University Bookstore, DuBois Book Store, Follett’s Miami Co-Op Bookstore and “The primary objective for the OHT program moving forward is to build support and funds for our soldiers and veterans seeking medical treatment in VA medical centers,” said Dot Sheehan, founder and director of OHT.

The OHT program began at the University of New Hampshire to memorialize Nate Hardy and Mike Koch, two U.S. Navy SEALs lost in Iraq in 2008. The original initiative was focused on producing collegiate caps that could be provided to soldiers that suffered head injuries.

This focus and the program’s roots in ice hockey country provided the inspiration for the Operation Hat Trick name. Since its beginnings, the OHT program has evolved into a national program with participation by more than 110 universities throughout the country and a new objective of raising funds for the Operation Hat Trick organization.

“We are honored to participate in the OHT program and believe Miami fans and supporters will want to support the program by buying co-branded caps,” said Samantha Stevens, Miami’s manager of university trademarks and licensing. “We know our fans and alumni both love and appreciate our military, and this program allows them to support both at the same time.”

For more information, contact Stevens at 513-529-8332 or Sheehan at 603-862-4677.